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Friday, October 24, 2014   /   by Christina Smith

Charleston Area Home Sales and the Ubiquitous “Clutter Effect”

Whenever you read up on important aspects of selling a home, the word ‘clutter’ keeps popping up everywhere (if you doubt that, just Google “clutter”—this morning, I got 7 ½ million entries!).
 
Most elements that go into selling a home are self-explanatory—since Charleston, SChomeowners have by definition been through the process of buying at least one Charleston areaproperty, they have personal experience to go by. Chances are that they already know that one detail that can have a disproportionate impact on the final price a home fetches is the presence of clutter.
 
Impact of Clutter on Appraisals
Unless the clutter inside and around the home actually begins to impact the structural integrity of a home, it will not affect the appraised value. An experienced appraiser will have encountered numerous cluttered and messy homes, and will be well able to focus on the actual value of the property without being influenced by its cont; ...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014   /   by Christina Smith

Buying Land to Build a New Charleston, SC Home On? Don't Forget These Three Important Considerations

When most people talk about real estate, they envision buying an already-built house on already-landscaped property. However, buying vacant land and building a new home is a great way to ensure that you get the home that you want in the location that you want. It's also a major undertaking, which is why you should take these three considerations into account before you buy any land for your new Charleston area home.



 
Location, Location, Location: It's More Important Than You Think
People often hear the phrase "location, location, location" and it's a very prudent maxim with buying land. The parcel of land that you buy should be in a good geographic location and on stable ground – which means there shouldn't be any major water sources nearby (like a swamp) and hills should be minimal. You'll also want to consider zoning regulations that influence the acreage and other regulations that influence how you can and cannot use the land.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014   /   by Christina Smith

Selling Tips: Four Surefire Ways to Irritate Potential Charleston, SC Buyers and How to Avoid These Costly Mistakes

                                                                                                         
 
                 Irritating any potential Charleston area buyers is the last thing you want to when selling a house because it is can be a challenging and sometimes lengthy process. The buyer is going to have a wide array of options when deciding on a new home, so they have no problem going somewhere else if they see something they do not like. While there are a plethora of ways for a seller to irritate a potential home buyer, these are the four most common – and most costly.
Pricing The House Too High

There is nothing worse you can do when trying to sell ; ...

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